A one day symposium of papers, panels and workshops, from scholarly, faith community and grass-roots presenters on climate change, the need for cultural change, and religious responsibilities and responses.
Date: Saturday 29 October 2011, 8.45am–5.00pm
Where: Centre for Theology and Ministry
Address: 29 College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria, 3052
Keynote address: Professor Norman Habel will present 'Eco-wisdom and Climate Change'
Cost: $55 full, $45 concession (cost includes lunch and refreshments)
Contact: David Gormley-O'Brien or Anne Elvey
Registration: Book online now
Program: Climate Change - Cultural Change Symposium Draft Program
Abstracts: Climate Change - Cultural Change Symposium Paper
About the Keynote speaker
Dr Norman Habel comes from Yulecart, near Hamilton in Victoria, Australia and is a pastor of The Lutheran Church. He was professor of Biblical Studies in the USA from 1955-73. In 1974 he returned to Australia and established the first Religion Studies Department in Australia. From 1984-87 he was Principal of Kodaikanal International School in South India. During his time in India, he and his wife, Janice Orrell, established the Grihini program, a school for empowering oppressed uneducated Tribal and Dalit women in the remote hills around Kodaikanal.
Norman Habel is currently Professorial Fellow at Flinders University. He has long been involved in issues of biblical interpretation and social justice. His research includes The Earth Bible, a five volume international project with other scholars reading the Bible from the perspective of justice for Earth. He is concerned that we, as human beings, reconnect with Earth as a sanctuary and a living planet. As part of this concern he has led the move to include The Season of Creation as part of the church year. Recently, he has published two volumes relating to ecological hermeneutics: Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics, published by SBL and An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible?
In 2011 he will publish the first volume in the new Earth Bible Commentary series.